Do you have a reference point?
Updated: Jun 13, 2022
Do your best and let providence do the rest. Let me share the following analogy on how we can trust God's providence. Navy sailors train to survive a helicopter crash in the water by passing the following test. Feet above the swimming pool, they are to sit on a board; attached to the board, next to them is a window simulating a helicopter window. Before being plunged into the water, they are to grab onto the window. Once underwater, if you hold onto the window, you will have your point of reference to escape the crash by swimming quickly through the window. They pass the test only when they go through the window after impacting the water. However, if you let go of your point of reference as you tumble through the water, you lose your reference point and can't escape through the window. You failed the test. In real life, if they fail the test, they can drown because they lost their escape route.
When I saw and heard this, I thought, wow, my spiritual walk with the Lord is no different. He's my focal point. If I'm to take hold of his promises and not let go, he will guide me through all my trials and tribulations. Isaiah 41:20 – "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." His providential window will get through the turbulent waters. However, if I don't focus on him, I can easily be swept up and overwhelmed by fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 – "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." I thank God that we serve a faithful God when facing fears in these uncertain times.
The sailors depended on their point of reference to survive the crash. Do you want to only survive in this life or have true life with God for eternity? Your eternal life depends upon making God your point of reference for your salvation from eternal death. Romans 10:10 – "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Please make God your point of reference for eternal life; his providence is all you need. Psalms 37:7 – "Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." I thank God that he adopted me into his kingdom, where I can freely share the desires of my heart, knowing and trusting in his providence for my salvation. If you need to learn more about the plan of salvation, please click on the above "Plan of Salvation" topic.
If you're spiritually, emotionally, and physically bankrupt, please don't stop praying, reading your bible, or attending church because you don't know how God will answer your prayer.